Relational Learning

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We learn in different ways.  Some of us are visual learners, some are auditory and some of us learn kinesthetically.  My son, who is an elementary school teacher, came up with a categorization that he calls relational learning.  His premise is that learning may be partly dependent on who is doing the teaching.  When a parent or close family member attempts to instruct in a basic skill, it doesn’t always work yet when someone else steps in, the result can be quite different.  Many years ago I asked my husband to share his proficiency in photography — and the harder he tried to show me, the more I ended up frustrated and in tears.  My son’s daughter struggled with learning to ride a bike until someone other than her parents assisted as the back-of-bike holder.  My mother made me absolutely crazy, trying to teach me to drive — yet my sister’s boyfriend took me out to practice behind the wheel and it was a snap.  I don’t think those are particularly isolated experiences. Why is it often so difficult to learn from the people who love us the most?

 

 

 

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  1. Dick Kunkel says:

    Perhaps because we are afraid of failing in front of someone who cares so much.

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